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From the one who “Came to Tea” to Life of Pi, there is a PhD thesis waiting to be written about tigers as a metaphor in fiction. The beast that stalks this unusual Australian literary debut is an imaginary one, but to Ruth, a 75-year-old widow whose two adult sons dutifully watch over her from homes abroad, he’s terrifyingly real. At night she wakes to hear him prowling her isolated beach house in New South Wales and wonders if she’s losing her mind.

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 8 November 2012

Celtic shock Barça as Chelsea and United leave it late

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 7 November 2012

City frustrated despite comeback as Arsenal slip up

Injured lock Richie Gray named in Scotland team to face New Zealand

Lock Richie Gray has been named in the Scotland team for Sunday's EMC Autumn Test with New Zealand, subject to undergoing a fitness test on his ankle.

The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Clubs 'will pay players not to go to 2015 World Cup'

Sireli Bobo makes a break against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup

'Blackmail' threat to Rugby World Cup: clubs pay players not to appear

2015 rugby showpiece risks being devalued by incentives offered to Pacific Islanders to ignore countries' call

George Ford is one of Leicester's bright young jewels

Ford misfires before Tigers roar to derby win

Leicester 16 Northampton 12

Chris Robshaw, the England captain, shows the media his shiner yesterday

Lancaster forced to rethink his battle-plan as Hartley and Lawes are ruled out

Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.

The getaway: Sarries’ Chris Ashton gives London Irish the runaround

Chris Ashton could be banned for autumn England internationals

Chris Ashton is in danger of being banned from the start of England's QBE autumn international series after he was called to appear at a disciplinary hearing in London tonight. 

Freddie Burns did his claim for England status no harm at all in Gloucester’s 27-21 defeat of Leicester

Burns leaves indelible mark as he enhances his reputation

Taken together, the sighs of relief from the England coaching team at the end of this minor Premiership classic at Kingsholm were enough to constitute a gale force wind. Toby Flood looked very sharp at outside-half for Leicester; his colleagues Dan Cole and Geoff Parling applied God's amount of pressure, at scrum and line-out respectively; Freddie Burns reinforced the already overwhelming impression that he is an international No 10 in waiting; Billy Twelvetrees did something similar with regards to the No 12 position. But for some dodgy throwing from the hooker Tom Youngs, who would be positively lethal on a darts oche, it was just about perfect.

Dylan Hartley injured his knee against Saracens on Saturday

Setback for England as Hartley may miss entire autumn series

Stuart Lancaster may be the calmest England coach of the professional era, but his unflappable approach to the red-rose job was under severe strain yesterday when the full extent of the injury fallout from the weekend's Premiership activity became clear. Concerns over the centre Jonathan Joseph, the scrum-half Ben Youngs, the lock Courtney Lawes and the captain Chris Robshaw paled into insignificance as the medical bulletin on Dylan Hartley was issued.

Away winner: Alex Goode goes over to score the only try

Injury blows for England as Saints lose their top spot

Northampton 6 Saracens 16: Hartley and Lawes both forced off in first half as Ashton makes a boisterous winning comeback

Mako Vunipola in action for Saracens

Uncapped duo Mako Vunipola and Tom Young called into England squad for autumn internationals

Uncapped forwards Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs have been called into the England squad for the QBE autumn internationals.

Poets of the world, unite! Even if you can't all make the podium

The Olympics were about more than just sport. Suzi Feay looks at the 204 poems chosen from around the world to mark London 2012
Stuart Lancaster can be proud

Mike Catt set to join England management team reveals Stuart Lancaster

Mike Catt is on course to be named in England's management team, according to head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Being Modern: Bottled water

Ah, summer days. And what could be more refreshing than an unadulterated glass of pure water. Eau de Sidcup, anyone? Thought not. So imagine the British public's surprise when a money-making scheme once dreamt up by Del Boy became reality. It was 2004 and Coca-Cola felt it was time to, um, tap into the bottled-water market. Sadly, it soon came to light that the other "real thing" contained nothing more than filtered tap water from a factory in Sidcup. Dasani was laughed out of UK shops, but the trend for paying for something that we can all get for free shows no signs of abating.

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